Self hosting

I’ve spent the last few days working on my home IT setup. Part of my career has been spent building and configuring desktop and server computers and as I’ve been quite unhappy with the couple of hosting providers I’ve used over the last couple of years, I thought I’d have a look at DIY.

A bit of a challenge but things now seem to be working. A combination of an itsy-bitsy PC linux, apache, MariaDB and HAProxy all cached by CloudFlare seems to be doing the trick. PageSpeed appears happier, and the site seems to ‘snap’.

Why taking pictures matters to me

So, while I’m kept busy learning the “how” of photography. You know, taking pictures, making mistakes, I’m also learning about WordPress, web hosting, plugins and various other ways of spending money.

That led me to ask if I was getting value for the investment for my time and money, which led me to “why?”. I didn’t have to think too much about it, there is a solidity to the architecture I photograph which gives an appearance of security at a superficial level. The beauty of this is reflected by photographers like Stefano Perego, IƱigo Bujedo Aguirre and Roberto Conte. In their portfolios I came across pictures that hinted at transience and decay which I found appealing. Digging around, I found work by Arseniy Kotov and Austin Granger that I like, a lot. The process by which architecture ages, and the effect of that ageing on those who experience it.

So, the answer to the question? Right now, my photography is a projection of my personal experience of ageing as I progress in the latter half of my life. There’s a personal project in there somewhere.